Operations in Iraq

Flight Lieutenant Kevin Barry Main and Flight Lieutenant David Rhys Williams killed in Iraq

On Saturday 22 March 2003, an RAF GR4 Tornado aircraft from RAF Marham, which was returning from an operational mission, was engaged near the Kuwaiti border by a Patriot missile battery. Both aircrew were killed.

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They were named as:

  • Flight Lieutenant Kevin Barry Main, Pilot, IX (B) Squadron
  • Flight Lieutenant David Rhys Williams, Navigator, IX (B) Squadron

The Military Aircraft Accident Summary reporting the investigation of this fatal incident was published on 14 May 2004.

At the request of both families, no further details will be made available. We request that the media respect this decision.

Published 22 March 2003